Las Caletas Wedding

Married! Seth & Emily : Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I have the best job in the world, and I'm about to show you why. Are you ready? I hope so. I have the most wonderful clients in the world, and I owe my supreme job satisfaction to them. Seth and Emily are such a fun, relaxed couple, and I was ecstatic when they invited me to join them for their intimate Las Caletas wedding. But before I jump into their wedding photos, I have to show you the view from my room at the Dreams Resort. It was absolutely stunning.

Yep, that photo was taken at sunrise. My day began very early, because I got up to accompany Emily and her mini-entourage to Caletas. We spent the morning chilling on the beach. Again: Best. Job. In the world. OK, I'm done now. Almost. I promise. :)

Emily was so excited and nervous, and she couldn't sit down for very long. Every few minutes she'd walk out into the waves and just breathe. It was as if she was watching the horizon, waiting for Seth to arrive. I love that you can see her reflection on the beach in this shot.

Emily's dress was absolutely beautiful. It had a vintage feel, and it suited her perfectly.

Warning: I kind of went a little crazy with the detail shots. Again. You know how I adore my details!

I love the warm, tropical palette she chose for her decor. Nicole is one of the lead wedding planners for Adventure Weddings, and she styled the event wonderfully. I was so excited to see her again. I worked with her for William and Hilary's wedding last July, and I was so glad that she passed my name along to Emily and Seth. Nicole: You know I think you're fabulous. I look forward to working with you again once I'm a married woman! Woohoo!

Emily was not sure she wanted a professional make up artist at first, but after thinking it over she decided she wanted to make the investment. I always think it's smart to go with a professional, and Fernando did such an amazing job!

See? As if she wasn't gorgeous enough already. Oh my goodness. :)

It was finally time for Emily and Seth to see each other. Doesn't Emily look so excited? The light was so warm and beautiful.

SNUGGLES!! :) This photo makes me want to hug on my sweetheart. Where is he when I need him?

You two look like you stepped straight out of a magazine. Seriously.

I could shoot here all the time. Can you blame me?

Ceremony time!

The look on Seth's face just makes my heart melt. To my current and future brides: This photo proves that seeing each other before the ceremony does not take away anything from it. Nothing could ruin this moment. Your man goes from being a bachelor to a husband in about 20 steps. It's overwhelming and magical and powerful, and breaking a silly superstition won't take that away from you.

Seth: Please spend your whole life showing Emily this much adoration. She'll never have to wonder how much you love her if you look at her just like this.

They are smiley people. I love that about them :)

Married!

Seth and Emily: You're wonderful. I had such an amazing time getting to know you and celebrating with you and your families. I pray that your love will be strengthened with each new day, and I wish you many adventures in your lives together.

Hilary & William { Puerto Vallarta, Mexico }

When I set off for Mexico on Wednesday morning, I was so excited because I was headed to shoot my first true destination wedding. All of my thoughts were swirling. I almost couldn't believe that it was really happening. You see, photographing a destination wedding was on my list of goals for this year, but it wasn't something that I actually expected to happen. It had been more of a far off dream than anything else. But there I was, boarding my flight and strapping in for the ride of a lifetime. I was going to shoot a wedding in Mexico. Cool!

Then, I arrived and got to spend time with Hilary, William and their families, and my focus completely shifted. This wedding was no longer special simply because it was in another country- it was special because this couple and their guests truly treated me like a friend. They made a place for me at the rehearsal dinner, and at their wedding reception I even had a name card and a place at a table next to close friends and family! I couldn't believe how wonderfully warm and friendly everyone was, and it was amazing to be so welcomed.

I say this over and over again, because I don't want them to ever forget it. I love my clients! By choosing me to document your special day, you enable me to live a life of passion doing what I love. Every time another bride tells me she's ready to book me, I celebrate because I've been invited to be part of another life and another love story. It's incredible! And whether your wedding is on a secluded beach in Mexico or in your hometown church, I am honored to document your love. Thank you William & Hilary for inviting me to photograph your wedding. It was an amazing experience, and I will never forget it!

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